The BA3 was Ernest Race’s first design for his company Race Furniture. We've had several sets of these in and they sell really fast. Even when they have the most hideous recovered seats!
Produced in 1946, wood was scarce at the time in post war Britain so the Government encouraged manufacturers to use new materials that were more available – like aluminium – which was plentiful due to the decommissioning of weapons and aircraft.
Immediately successful it became the showpiece of the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition of 1946. One of the first massproduced, cast aluminium chairs in the world, over 250,000 were made. It won a Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale of 1954 and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the V&A Museum, London.